Friday, January 23, 2015

Cleopatra's Egypt

The hot desert wind blows the ancient sands away from the base of the pyramids as trumpets herald the entrance of the great queen Cleopatra. The rise and fall of the fabled queen was famously told in one of the most anticipated movies of all time—and our inspiration for the table top competition we did at BASH Conference 2015. Cleopatra.

The theme was Old Hollywood, and we pulled out all the stops! 

I can't wait to tell you all about the conference - what we learned, who we met, what we saw. But first, I wanted to tell you about our table! Now you know GreatStitch is not just Brenda right? The team is Brenda, Bob (my handsome hubby), Rhonda (my lovely and talented daughter), Manny, Amanda, Dave and Faye Young (my amazingly helpful parents), and now Kensy (my gorgeous daughter-in-law), and my son Bryant! You can't ship to all 50 states and 10 foreign countries and be the Woman Owned Business of the year and not have help! So, we thank our team first for all the love and heart you put in to making our table at BASH this year such a huge success! 

Black and gold were the colors of the competition. We updated the ancient Egypt theme with a little bit of Gatsby and voila!

Our centerpiece was topped off by a stunning pyramid cake from our dear friends at All Things Cake
Everything they do is the stunning! They never ever disappoint with their artistic abilities...and they're right here in Tulsa.

And the gold stand it is sitting on you ask? Well, my sweet dad was at it again (and the rest of my family).  I'm always so proud of what we pull off! I'm looking forward to sharing all about how we created it!

Malisay Designs made the most beautiful charms for the goblets.  They were 24K gold!  The people who sat at our table got to take them home and could write her for a chain!  She customized them especially for the convention and our table!

Red Kite Candy was so great to provide favor boxes on our Cleopatra table. You cannot imagine how her candy tastes, until you taste it! I am recommending her with my whole heart. She is a lovely person and her candy is beyond anything you can imagine! Charlie's factory has nothing on her!

Case Custom Creations took our lotus design and custom-etched the goblets we used.  Talk about a "wow" factor!  We really loved how they turned out.

Check out these "Cootie Catchers"!  Abbey at Chips and Salsa Designs - Wedding Stationary did them for us! She took my scribbles and made them into a show stopper! She melded the whole theme together in one piece! So glad we found her in our Etsy search - here is her stunning shop! Her paper choices are beyond compare, and ones you don't find just anywhere!! The quotes inside all came from BASH's Instagram.

Gypsy Canon is our photographer. We are always so pleased with what she does and this time was even more special because she was under such great time restraints and she still got the shots we needed to tell you all about what we did. GreatStitch would not be "great" without the help of my family. 

We found Sandy's Candy Bags on Etsy, and she came up with a little goodie bag that we thought epitomized the feel of the Egyptian men at the time (or at least Hollywood's version). 

We also met a new friend at BASH. Candles and Favors told me about her candles the first night we were there, so of course I had to see if she brought any along...she did, and you would not believe it, they were black!! They are so adorable and the fact that they had a lovely message that fit perfectly with the conference was just more than I could stand! They had to go on our table! 

Of course, we added the GreatStitch touch to the table.  The napkins, table runner, and chair covers had an Egyptian flair done with metallic gold thread. You will also see GreatStitch in the placemats that were $1 finds at Walmart. We added beads to depict Cleopatra's beaded hair in the movie. 

Our flatware was a Craigslist find! They tied together the pyramid theme and the gold with the silver flatware in the rest of the room. 

In our goodie bags, we had some great sponsors! We asked some of the people we worked with this last year if they would like to join us in the table. One of them, my dear friend Heidi at Party Prepaganda, even made special cards that told everyone who did the table! Aren't they the best? 

Jelly Belly Candy Company was at the conference, and I got to talking with them and they were so kind to provide Champagne Jelly Beans for our bags! This flavor is brand new and the perfect color for our table!! And have you tasted their Raspberry Jellies? I'm in love! 

Some of the people that contributed to our goodie bags went out of their way to put things in them that were themed with our table! Party Prepaganda makes beautiful custom envelopes! And these were no different!

Morsels Parties made custom Gift Certificates! 

And Piggy Bank Parties...well we all know what they do with favor boxes! They shrunk down this King Tut box Jen Carver at Banner Events used in her lovely Cleopatra party! We have used several of their things in the past and there will be more in the future. They are the gold standard for favor boxes in my book!

 Promise Pretzels also sent along a lovely gift certificate. I know the winner will be so happy to use it! Her pretzels are so adorable! 

Then finally, in our lovely gift bag, we had some awesome sponsors that sent certificates for our bags. We were so thrilled they were willing to join us!  Twinkle Twinkle Little PartyAutumn Lynn's Chocolate SinsTutus and Bowties, Modify InkLemonberry Moon, and our lovely charm maker Malisay's Designs

We were so glad that the people that sat at our table had a lot of really great stuff to take home with them to remember the Old Hollywood Dinner at BASH 2015! We thank our sponsors from the bottom of our hearts. None of these are paid sponsors. They have pitched in and helped GreatStitch at some point in time this last year. They are all people I believe in and love to work with. They are the backbone of GreatStitch Parties, and we wanted them to be with us in our success at BASH. 

The Good Stuff:

Table Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: GypsyCanon
Pyramid Cake: All Things Cake
Glass Etching: Case Custom Creations
Tea Lights: Candles and Favors
Goodie Bags: Sandy's Candy Bags 
Table Cards: Party Prepaganda
Gift Certificates: Morsels Parties, Party Prepaganda
King Tut Favor Boxes: Piggy Bank Parties
Lotus Candle Holders: Luna Bazaar
Napkins, Table Runner, and Chair Covers: GreatStitch

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Patisserie Noel

Christmas is magical.  The sights and sounds help to make the season yes, but it wouldn't be the same without the smells--a fresh cut pine wreath, a steaming pumpkin pie straight from the oven, or the aroma of cookies waiting to cool so they can be frosted.  What makes a kiddo happier than a lovely cookie freshly baked?

From the very beginning of our life together, my husband and I have always made goodie bags or treat boxes for our friends and family. We start our Christmas Traditions right after Thanksgiving by making sugar cookies. Then everyone picks their favorite treat. We love pralines, gingerbread cookies dipped in white chocolate, chocolate covered oreos and much much more! With all this yummy stuff around we have to give some of it away! My parents actually started that tradition in our family way back in the 70's. I love baking and so it was great fun to pick that tradition up in our own lives. My kids always loved it too. There is something about baking that makes everyone feel loved! 

So this year for our Christmas party we wanted to include our very special baker friend from All Things Cake. She has the most adorable kids and they are so sweet too...precious kiddos to work with! Janette has done some really lovely things in our parties this year and we could not be happier to feature her again in this Patisserie Noel where we had her make some of her best goodies. The best thing??  Her MASTERPIECE! A cake pop tree! I have not seen one of these before and I thought it was SO clever! I loved the take off and she said it took a LOT of cake pops! I about dropped over when I saw it. I thought it was so very beautiful! Hope you do too! She can make one for you too if you ask her nice!! would not believe what she unwrapped next! These most amazing cookies! I had no idea they could do this fancy gorgeous work! I really was floored by all the lovely things she created for this party. It was so special!

Also on board for this party was our dear friends at Anders Ruff. They have a Sweet Shoppe line of printables that she turned into our Patisserie Noel for us. We were so thrilled with how they turned out. They do such an awesome job with their work I am always so excited to see what they do next! 

The awesome bags we put cookies in were from Celebration Lane

The idea of the party was to make a bunch of yummies, then share them. It is always so nice to have a lovely printed card when writing a note and Anders Ruff made some adorable ones to tuck in with our boxed candy. Our sweet friend Heidi from Party Prepaganda had some envelopes that were perfect to go along with our lovely notes. If you haven't seen her things. they are adorable! We have used her envelopes all year and we are so thrilled when we get the chance to see such a bright pretty envelope...sort of sets the stage like the party has already started when you open the card!

Painting Paris Pink had the most adorable pop sticks that we used on our Christmas apples. They are pearly and fun....I love how they stand out and make the apples look so pretty! They would work for marshmallows and cake pops...all kinds of ideas swirling about those!!

We wanted to sign to make it feel like a Paris Patisserie we used Missy LaFaso's lovely wooden letters at Sweetly Chic Events. She has done an awesome job finding the perfect colors for our party! That mint green is not easy to find!

Mallory Hall Photography and Gypsy Canon teamed up to take some amazing pictures of our packing party. We have such great resources in our camera department here at GreatStitch. We are so happy to have these lovely ladies on our team!

Gypsy Cannon also does the lovely painting on all of our pieces. You can find her things at Papa's Barn. This lovely desk had a shelf added to the bottom. What a lovely addition to a little girl's room this would make! 

This is one of our new designs this year at GreatStitch. We love the updated Christmas Tree...modern  lines but yet with classic polka dots. 

The fun round and square boxes we used came from Nashville Wraps.

Packing cookies is hard work!!

The Good Stuff:

Party Styling: Brenda and Rhonda Byers
Photography: Mallory Hall 
Photography: Gypsy Canon
Cake pop tree, cookies, and other amazing yummies: All Things Cake 
Party Printables: Anders Ruff 
Envelopes: Party Prepaganda 
Wooden Letters: Sweetly Chic Events 
Cookie Bags: Celebration Lane  
Cake Pop Sticks: Painting Paris Pink  
Boxes: Nashville Wraps 
Lamplight: Kate Aspen